Great blog, RSAsoldier. Thanks for showing it to us.
great photos, keep up the good work...it´s very interesting all this info ion SANDF, my relatives who are in the army & the navy of my country, always tell me about how beautiful your country is, they made a lot of friends of the SANDF in RD Congo and in Atlasur exercises.
By the way...rsasoldier, great blog...it gives some news & ideas of a country and a situation not well known in South America.
Regards to all!!!
I took this photo when I visited Mahla Base in Sector 6, Darfur, Sudan. We were just leaving on patrol and the section leader was busy loading the weapon. Apparently the US Marines now use exactly the same weapon. Can anybody confirm this please?
The USMC is trialling a modified version in Iraq, with buttstock, different sights etc.
Apparently quite popular.
One thing I've always wanted to know, how do SANDF troops carry the ammo for the 40mm?
Thanks, baboon6. Do you know if the single point sight we use is uniquely South African or is it used wider than our country?
The US isn't trailing them anymore by the way:
In late October 2005, the United States Marine Corps awarded Milkor USA a contract to produce 9000 MGL-140 launchers, featuring unspecified modifications made at the USMC's request. The order was manufactured in the United States. The new versions, designated M32 Multiple Grenade Launcher, were deployed to Iraq in March 2006 for testing under all Marine battalions.
The ammo is carried in their battle jacket wherever they find space. Of course the side pouches for water are perfect if you do not need that much water. To be honest the 40mm is seldom actually used. Throughout my career there has always been a shortage of ammunition. It's a shame. One of our patrols was attacked in sector 6 and they got out of the situation by using the 40mm when the LMG had a stoppage as they so often have. A friend of mine says he still saw rebels dismounting from their technical when his MGL gunner opened up. When the dust cleared there were no more rebels. This happened a couple of months ago.
MGL rounds come in plastic bandolier inside packing cases and can be carried in this bandolier (across front of battlejacket). Individual pockets needs to be torn open to reload and this takes time. Rounds accordingly ends up being carried all over the place in battlejacket while you prep and bomb-up.
MGL had a "difficult" history in SA service. Had a catastrofic incident at Inf School many years back and ammo got the blame immediately thereafter. Weapon was withdrawn for service for a while. Investigation found drum did not properly allign after shot and round exploded inside drum, followed by dramatic cook-off of ammo in drum. Apparently not a pretty sight. The design problem on weapon was fixed, but ammo and the weapon ("snotneus") suffered bad rep for many years after. Quite often can't get HE ammo for it today. For some reason for last couple of years we ended up with loads of target markers though (orange smoke 40mm round), so at least had something to play with.
Very easy to shoot. Too easy. One forgets about the punch at the business end.
I remember that when were trained to use the weapon during my basic training we were shown the small monument where the man died. A very powerful weapon indeed and I will always want a couple in my company.
now that can lay down some hurt real quick.